Abuja - A local political analyst has urged
judges to emulate their colleagues in the Supreme Court for defying
intimidation by the executive arm of government and enhancing ensuring the
independence of the judiciary.
Jude Ndukwe, the analyst, shared these sentiments after the
Supreme Court rulings on some governorship elections whose outcome the ruling
All Progressives Congress (APC) was contesting.
The courts have ruled in favour of the People’s Democratic
This, according to the analyst, came amid the fight against
corruption as the executive has continually disparaged the judiciary by making
it look like an incurable corrupt institution militating against the success of
the anti-corruption crusade.
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Ndukwe opined this had led to the intimidation of judges who
now felt harassed and obligated to give judgements not based on facts before
them but in “obeisance to the whimsical wishes” of President Muhammadu Buhari
and his APC party.
“Having shown signs of weakness and fear, security agents
are emboldened to treat court decisions with contempt and ride rough shod on
the judiciary. Such a pitiful situation,” said Ndukwe.
“However, one is glad that Justices of the Supreme Court
have shown with recent judgements that such tactics by the executive and the
APC do not affect them in any way. For all the political cases which were
delivered in favour of the APC in error at the lower courts, the Supreme Court
has upturned them and delivered justice fairly and firmly irrespective of whose
ox is gored.”
Ndukwe said in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Rivers, the
Supreme Court had validated the people’s will against the “show of might” and
“run of propaganda” by the executive.
“With these judgements, the tyranny of the executive has
been neutralised to an extent. We now urge all judges at all levels to emulate
the example set by their Lordships at the Supreme Court and ensure that justice
is dispensed to all parties at all times, fairly and firmly, without fear or
- CAJ News